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The Comic Book Alphabet of Cool – H

by  in Comic News Comment

We continue our tour through the alphabet, with a different cool comic book item each day, from A to Z!

Today we look at an unsung Silver Age artist…

Don Heck (1929–1995) was a great comic book artist who committed a terrible, awful sin.


The sin?

He was not Jack Kirby.

Heck had the misfortune of being a major artist at Marvel during a time when Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko were the main artists at Marvel, and when you’re being compared to two of the greatest comic book artists Marvel ever had, it’s tough to match up, which is a real shame, because Heck was a really good artist – he had a really nice, sharp art style.

Here is Heck from Tales of Suspense #39, the first appearance of Iron Man (granted, the following page is not that great)…


The rest of these pages are a lot better, though.

From Tales of Suspense #57, the first appearance of Hawkeye!


From Tales of Suspense #51, the first appearance of the Black Widow!


From Journey into Mystery #98, the first appearance of Cobra!


From Journey into Mystery #99, the first appearance of Mr. Hyde!


From Avengers #24, the classic death of Ravonna!


From Avengers #38, Hercules joins the title!


As you can see, the man knew how to tell a story beautifully, and he drew excellent action scenes, as well, all with economical panel usage.

Heck was a great artist, and he deserves more attention than he typically receives!